February 28, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        “‘Dad style’ is now in fashion. Yes, even the jeans.” [WSJ] The boys are not alright. “America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.The brokenness of the country’s boys stands in contrast to its girls, who still face an abundance of obstacles but go into the world increasingly well equipped to take them on.” [NYT] Millennials are no more liberal on… Read more

February 23, 2018

This is Part 2 in a series of posts exploring the question “Should all Christians become vegetarians?” In Part 1, I tried to lay the foundation for why this question is one that Christians, particularly American Christians, ought to take seriously. I concluded the first part with the great quote from Alasdair MacIntyre: “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself… Read more

February 21, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        A glimpse into the life and times of Salt Bae. [NYT] What “Black Panther” means for Christians. [CT] Does aid do more harm then good? “This is the same Oxfam that recently blamed capitalism for world poverty and set up deck chairs in Trafalgar square to protest against corruption and tax havens. Now the virtue signallers are hoisted on the shard… Read more

February 14, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Two (and a half) Lent devotional recommendations. [Patheos] What teenagers are learning from online porn. “It gets in your head,” Q. said. “If this girl wants it, then maybe the majority of girls want it.” [NYT] A recovering sex and porn addict tells all: a review of her recent book. [NYT] Let’s ban porn. “So if you want better… Read more

February 14, 2018

What do you recommend? Several people have asked me for recommendations for Lenten devotionals. Finding a solid devotional for these rich seasons can be a tricky thing. In the past, I haven’t found very many great options… or at least, I haven’t found very many free options that are readily available online (maybe that’s my problem!). In any case, given my line of work, I spend a considerable amount of time each week studying the Scriptures. That being the case,… Read more

February 11, 2018

Part 1. Framing the Discussion This series of posts exploring the question “Should all Christians become vegetarians?” is born out of a recent seminar I taught. My argument is a work in progress and I’d appreciate helpful feedback/pushback. For full-disclose, I describe myself as pescetarianish (I’ll explain more about what that means in due course). In Part 1, I want to begin to lay the foundation for why this question is one that Christians, particularly American Christians, ought to take… Read more

February 7, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Of course the Christian Right supports Trump. “But it seems absurd to ask secular people to respect the religious right’s beliefs about sex and marriage — and thus tolerate a degree of anti-gay discrimination — while the movement’s leaders treat their own sexual standards as flexible and conditional. Christian conservatives may believe strongly in their own righteousness. But… Read more

January 24, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        How the #metoo movement became a feminist sexual revolution. “Oh, girls, look what we’ve done now. We’ve gone too far. The growing backlash against the MeToo movement has finally settled on a form that can face itself in the mirror. The charge is hysteria, moral panic, hatred of sex, hatred of men. More specifically, as Andrew Sullivan complained in New York magazine… Read more

January 18, 2018

The Paradox As I’ve tried to pay attention to, study, and understand the common perspectives of sex in our American cultural milieu, I’ve come to the conclusion that we abide by a paradox. The pervasive and paradoxical perspective on sex is this: sex means nothing and sex means everything. On the one hand, we have swiped right (or left, as the case may be) so many times that we’ve dehumanized other persons (and consequently ourselves) into mere pleasure-inducing objects. Sex… Read more

January 17, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        How Americanized Christianity looks to immigrant pastors. ‘perhaps the most significant distinguishing mark of US Christianity is the pervasive individualism that saturates the culture and the church, which differs from the community centered values in other parts of the world.’ (H/T AV) [Christianity Today] I’ve been tracking with David Bentley Hart’s new translation of the New Testament since it… Read more

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